LocationAlhambra , CA United States
San Gabriel, CA, November 28, 2018– TiLi Rios, senior at Schurr High School, was named Boys &
Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley’s (Club) Youth of the Year. As the winner and the Club’s
official ambassador, TiLi also receives $2,500 in college scholarship from Dr. Hy Ngo Scholarship
Youth of the Year is one of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ premier programs that celebrates the
extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional member from Clubs
across the country is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, who serves as an
ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation's young
people. The journey to becoming the National Youth of the Year begins at the local Club. TiLi
was among the 16 candidates from the various Club sites. Candidates were from the Monterey
Park, La Puente, Ramona Gardens, and Estrada Courts sites.
TiLi has been a Club member for 3 years. He is active in many of the Club’s programs including
Leaders in Training and Minding Manners (etiquette class). He is an avid member of Brent’s
Club, an alcohol and drug abuse prevention program and helps promote the program to his
peers so that they could learn the risks and pitfalls of drug and alcohol use.
In his speech before an audience of close to 200 community members, TiLi shared how the Club
has allowed him to overcome how people defined him, given his life’s unique circumstances. At
the Club, he learned how his own words and actions were what really mattered. He also
learned how to recognize and deal with his feelings.
“TiLi has overcome a lot,” says JR Dzubak, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of West
San Gabriel Valley. “But despite the hardships that he has gone through, he has such a great
spirit. He brings a lot of joy and laughter to the Club and his peers gravitate to him and his twin,
In order to compete as a Youth of the Year candidate, applicants must be a member of the local
club for at least 2 years. They also have to complete an application packet that includes
submission of 3 essays, letters of recommendation, and school transcripts. After 10 weeks of
working on all of the above with Club staff, the candidates go before a panel of judges and give a
speech on their personal stories, which includes their club experience, their personal brand, and
their vision for America’s youth.
This year’s judges who had to make the tough decision of only being able to pick 1 winner out of
the 16 candidates for the Club’s Youth of the Year competition. This year’s judging panel
included Amanda Mejia (Athens Services), Cynthia Torres (UPS), Elizabeth Householder (Cathay
Bank), Evie Jeang (Ideal Legal Group), Frances Bilak (The Bilak Companies), Jennifer Lahoda
(Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce), Joe Emory (Hot Topic Foundation), Jude Schneider
(Southern California Edison), Rhea Patel (Disney), Tiffany Rubin (Los Angeles Dodgers
Foundation), and Tina Hsing (Panda Restaurant Group). Co-Chairs were Samuel Swabb
(Diamond Development) and Donna De La Rosa (Garfield Medical Center).
The event was held at Grapevine Arbor at the San Gabriel Mission. Club supporters were also
honored at the event for helping further the work of the Club in serving more youth in the
community. Honorees were: John Scanlan, Leadership Impact Award; Cathay Bank, Corporate
Partnership Award; and City of San Gabriel Councilman Chin Ho Liao, Excellence in Service
TiLi’s last statement perfectly wrapped up the evening. “Thank you for being here. By being
here, you are listening to us. Thank you for supporting the Club. Thank you for supporting us.”
TiLi advances to the Los Angeles County competition, which will be in Spring 2019.
Event sponsors included: Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, SJL Insurance Services, Dr. Hy Ngo,
Open 4 Business Productions, LLC, Garfield Medical Center, Athens Services, Regional Chamber
of Commerce – San Gabriel Valley, Lanterman Insurance, Monterey Park Rotary Club, Southern
California Gas Company, The Bilak Companies, Milkfarm, Orbit Printing, Young Market Company.
Renowned comedian and Club alumni Ernie G. hosted the event.
ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
Since 1972, the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley has provided a safe and structured
environment to youth where they can learn and grow through access to high quality after school
programs. The Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most,
to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
The Club serves kids ages 6 to 17 in the communities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, Rosemead,
San Gabriel, Montebello, City of Industry, La Puente, and Baldwin Park. In addition, we now also
serve Boyle Heights and surrounding communities. In partnership with the Housing Authority of
the City of Los Angeles, the Club has units at William Mead, Ramona Gardens, and Estrada
Courts Housing Projects. The Club currently has 3,020 members and serves more than 6,000
kids. To learn more, visit http://www.wsgvbgc.org/